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Bryan Life 

A publication of Bryan College 
Volume 35, Number 1 

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Bryan College 
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Opening of Scho 

Page 2 

Campus News 
Page 4 

Presidential Merit Scholars 

Page 6 

CORE Celebrates 
20th Anniversary 

Page 8 

Use the Bible Correctly in 
Scientific Discussion - Page 


Dr. Batson Learned 
Life Lessons at Brya 

Page 13 

Has Anyone Seen My Legacy 

Page 14 

Lion Tracks - Page 1 5 

Remembering Bryan — Page 21 

Faculty/ Staff Notes 
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Second Generation jij 

Lions - Page 24 AMJ& 


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Director ot Development/ 

Stephen D. Livesay 

Planned Giving 

Jim Barth, '57 

Tom Davis, '06H 

Director of Alumni Relations 


Dean Bell 

David Tromanhauser, '80 
Database & Office Manager 

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Director of Advancement 

Janice Pendergrass 

Steve Keck 

Advancement Assistant 

Advancement Representative 
at Large 

Tracey Bridwell 

Office Assistant and Event Planner 

Robert E Davis 

Paulakav Franks. '84 

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a letter from the 


"...teach them to know the truth that 
shows them how to live godly lives" 

Titus 1:1 [NLT] 

k; f 


itus ministered on the island of Crete 
as a witness to a godless culture 
whose main goal was to satisfy their 
sensual and sexual appetites. Sound famil- 
iar? Is this not a rather accurate picture of 
our culture today? Paul explained to Titus 
that changing that culture would require 
two things: 1) teaching them to know the 
truth, and 2) showing them how to live 
godly lives. 

Living out our mission statement 
means that Bryan must continue to pro- 
claim truth and to teach our students to 
discern what is true in a world that 
questions that truth even exists. Living 
godly lives is possible only through the 
power of Jesus Christ by surrendering 
our lives to the truth of the gospel as 
given in God's infallible Word. 

We began our 79th year with yet an- 
other record enrollment and with U.S. 
News & World Report's ranking Bryan in 
the top tier of Southern colleges for the 
14th consecutive year. I am grateful for 
a faculty and staff who consider their 
work a true calling from God and relish through 
word and example — inside and outside of the 
classroom — the opportunity to impart life-chang- 
ing truths and teach critical thinking skills. 

The school year officially opened with Convo- 
cation speaker Dr. Michael Lindsay, author of 
Faith in the Halls of Power, encouraging our stu- 
dents to aspire to positions of leadership in all 
walks of life, to share and live their faith, and to 
hold one another accountable for the opportuni- 
ties to influence that God gives them. Dr. Jim 

Neathery, the stateside director of the Center for 
Christian Leadership in Albania and professor at 
Dallas Theological Seminary, challenged us dur- 
ing our Spiritual Life Conference to experience 
the beauty and power of the gospel. 

Understanding the truth of creation is essen- 
tial to living out a Christian worldview. Our 
Center for Origins Research (CORE) is promoting 
four national and international conferences in 
recognition of the sesquicentennial of Darwin's 
Origin of Species (1859) and of CORE's 20th year 
anniversary ( / anniversary). 
In addition, the Bryan Center for Critical 
Thought and Practice will sponsor three critical 
symposia this year beginning with "The Church: 
What's the Point?" ( 

Please pray with me that God will bless all we 
do this year, and that we will focus on being 
more effective in carrying out our mission to 
prepare students to make a difference for Christ's 
Kingdom. Paul's admonition to Titus to be a 
participant in building Christ's Kingdom in the 
midst of a heretical Cretan culture rings true for 
all of us at Bryan today: "teach them to know the 
truth that shows them how to live godly 
lives. an example. ..Let everything you do 
reflect the integrity and seriousness of your 
teaching" (Titus 1:1; 2:7). 


Stephen D. Livesay 

Bryan Life 1 

Dr. Livesay expects 'historic' 

year as school opens! 

Bryan College is in for a historic year, President Dr. 
Stephen D. Livesay believes, and the early indica- 
tions are that he's 

A strong entering 
class plus a higher-than- 
usual number of return- 
ing students has given 
the college another 
record enrollment, 1,079 
students, and continuing growth in the Aspire and MBA 
programs are continuing to boost Bryan toward its goal 
of 1,200 traditional and 600 adult students. 

But "history" will not be just in numbers. Dr. Livesay 
told faculty and staff during a workshop session as 
school began-and repeated the thought at an orientation 
meeting for new students and their parents-that he ex- 
pects God to do great things this year. "We are beginning 
our 79th year in a most difficult, challenging time," he 
told the new students. "But those are times when God 
does great things." 

Artist's rendering of new Bryan College entrance 

One of the "great things" was a gift of $77,000 for the 
new entrance, a project that recently has been receiving 
greater emphasis. Dr. Livesay reported to faculty and 
staff that in the past 18 months they have given another 
$16,000 for that project. 

High on his list of other priorities for the year are fac- 
ulty consideration of another Master's degree in addition 
to the MBA program, expansion of the distance learning 
program, and further development of the Bryan Center 
for Critical Thought and Practice. 

He challenged the faculty to remember that "These are 

uncertain times in a godless culture. Students coming to 
us today do not have the same background we do. I 
think we have to show them how to live godly lives, not 
the morality of the masses or individuals, but what is 
true. This is one distinctive of Bryan College, to know the 
One Who is the Truth." 

In welcoming new students, Dr. Livesay recognized 
the challenge starting college can be. Despite the uncer- 
tainties of today's world, he said, "At Bryan, what we 
hold on to can never be taken away-the Word of God 
and the Author of the Word, Jesus Christ. We tend to for- 
get how daunting this experience can be when students 
from 30 states and many countries walk onto campus. 
But you don't need to be afraid; everyone in this room is 
here to support you. Commit everything you do to the 
Lord, trust Him, and He will do it. What a great prom- 


Convocation speaker Dr. Michael Lindsay, left, is pictured with 
President Livesay and Trustee John Haynes, right. 

Students also were welcomed by Dayton Mayor Bob 
Vincent and Rhea County Executive Billy Ray Patton. 
Mayor Vincent commented on the "outstanding relation- 
ship" between the college and community. Mr. Patton 
added, "You couldn't have made a better choice. The 
only thing that could be more special than coming to 
Bryan would be after you complete your four years to 
remain here." 

Convocation, the formal assembly opening the aca- 

2 Christ above all 

demic year, featured an address by 
Dr. D. Michael Lindsay, assistant pro- 
fessor of sociology and associate di- 
rector of the Center on Race, Religion 
and Urban Life at Rice University 
Dr. Lindsay, author of the 2007 book 
Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evan- 
gelicals Joined the American Elite, chal- 
lenged students to consider how to 
use power. "Worldly power is a com- 
plicated thing. Is it something fol- 
lowers of Christ should seek or 
shun? If you have power-and all of 
us, by the world's standards, have 
power-use it for good/' 

He pointed out that the Bible has 
examples of individuals who 
achieved powerful positions-Joseph, 
Esther, Solomon among them-"but 
most of the people of faith don't have 
lots of power. When the Jews were 
taken into exile to Babylon, there was 
a debate: should they hold out, resist, 
or grin and bear it? Jeremiah wrote to 
them to build houses, plant gardens, 
marry, seek the peace and prosperity 
of the city. 'If it prospers you, too, 
will prosper.' 

"I think Jeremiah would say to 

Christians with power, 'You ought to 
be a counterculture for the common 
good.' I think worldly power honors 
God the most when it is put into 
practice for the common good." 

He described how Evangelicals 
have moved into powerful positions 
in government, entertainment, in- 
dustry, and 
academia in 
the past 20 
to 30 years 
and "have 
changed the 
culture for 
the common 
good." He 
cited exam- 

Christ,' but that was followed by 
'The Chronicles of Narnia.' Now 
every studio has a division that pro- 
duces faith-friendly films. But you 
have to show up and vote, and in 
Hollywood 'votes' mean 'dollars.'" 
Dr. Lindsay cited a personal ex- 
ample of his daughter 

I benefitting from 
I medical ad- 
vances derived 
from the human 
genome project, 
which was di- 
rected by a sci- 
entist who is an 
"Our lives will 

pies of busi- President Livesay checks out the unusual— for Ameri- be changed be- 

am institutions— academic regalia worn by Dr. 

cause people of 

nesses that 

Micnele L J ascucci, who earnea her doctorate at the Uni- 

allow Bible versity f Salamanca in Spain. f aith are doin g 

studies, along with other interest things for the common good." 

groups, to meet on company prop- 
erty after business hours. 

"Evangelicals have shown it is 
possible to produce high-quality en- 
tertainment and make a profit," he 
said. "Hollywood didn't know what 
to do with 'The Passion of the 

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He challenged the students with a 
reminder from Mother Teresa: "'God 
doesn't call us to be successful but to 
be faithful.' Half the world lives on 
less than $2 per day; we spend that 
on coffee. One percent of the world 
has a college education. We are the 
elite of the elite. We have to ask our- 
selves, 'What are we doing to allevi- 
ate problems?' 

"The real calling for us is to follow 
the admonition of the Prophet Jere- 
miah to be a counterculture that 
works for the common good. This is 
our calling; this is our blessing." 

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Student Nominated 
for Rotary Scholarship 

Pictured from left, Margie Legg, Jandi Heagen, and Dayton 
Rotary President Jeremy Fitzgerald 

Jandi Heagen, a sophomore Communication Studies/ 
Politics and Government major, has been nominated 
by Rotary Clubs District 6780 to receive a Rotary 
cultural Scholarship Grant from Rotary International. 
The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships, which in- 
clude the Cultural Scholarship Grant program, have pro- 
vided international studies opportunities for nearly 
38,000 students since 1947. Students serve as goodwill 
ambassadors to their host countries and give presenta- 
tions about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other 
groups. On returning home, they share their experiences 
with Rotarians and other groups. 

Jandi, from Zanesville, Ohio, hopes to study in 
Ecuador, but the country assignment will be made by the 
Rotary Foundation. 

She has been recommended for the award following a 
selection process that involved the Dayton club and Ro- 

4 Christ above all 

tary District 6780, which covers East and part of Middle 
Tennessee. She is the first student sponsored by the Day- 
ton club to be recommended for this scholarship. 

Jandi said she will spend the coming year securing her 
passport and completing the necessary paperwork for an 
international educational experience, including applying 
to a college where she will study during the three- to six- 
month program. She plans to be in her host country for 
the fall semester of 2009. 

Origins Conference 

The Center for Origins Research, in cooperation 
with the Bryan Center for Critical Thought and 
Practice, will present "Origins 2008," a day-long 
young-age creation conference for students and educators, 
in Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 8. 

Speakers will include Dr. Kurt Wise, CORE's founder 
and now director of the Center for Science and Theology 
at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Dr. Roger 
Sanders, CORE research professor; and Dr. Todd Wood, 
CORE director. 

"Even 150 years after Charles Darwin published Origin 
of Species, people are still bitterly debating the origin of the 
universe, the earth, and life," Dr. Wood said. "At Origins 
2008, students and educators will have the opportunity to 
learn the latest findings in young-age creation research di- 
rectly from the research experts. This will be an excellent 
time to enrich your faith, have your questions answered, 
and fellowship with other creationists." 

To register, visit the conference web site at www.bryan- / anniversary / originsconference.html. 

Fall Faculty Additions 

Bryan College added five full- 
time and four part-time fac- 
ulty members, including five 
alumni, as the fall semester began, 
Academic Vice President Dr. Cal 
White announced. 
Full-time faculty include: 

Dr. Brian Eisenback, a 2002 Bryan 
graduate, assistant professor of biol- 
ogy. Dr. Eisenback received his Ph.D. 
from Virginia Tech this spring. 

Dr. Dwight Page, who earned his 
Ph.D. at Harvard in 1980. Dr. Page is 
associate professor of languages and 
linguistics and has moved from part- 
time to full-time faculty. 

Mr. David Perron, instructor in 
exercise and health science. Mr. Per- 
ron received the Master's degree in 
Sports Science from the U.S. Sports 
Academy in 1992. 

Mrs. Kathryn Saynes, a 2004 
Bryan graduate, assistant professor of 
education. Mrs. Saynes earned her 
Master's degree from Tennessee Tech 
in 2006, and is working on a doctoral 

Miss Bonnie-Marie Yager, a 2007 
Bryan graduate, is the new assistant 
director of World view Teams. 

Part-time faculty include Dr. 
Megan Bray, instructor in education; 
Miss Pamela Davis, a 2005 Bryan 
graduate, instructor in English; 

New Bryan College faculty include, from left, front, Dr. Megan Bray, Mrs. Kathryn 
Saynes and Mrs. Adina Scruggs, director of the MBA program. Back are Dr. Brian 
Eisenback, Dr. Dwight Page, and Mr. David Perron. Not pictured are Miss Bonnie- 
Marie Yager, Miss Pamela Davis, Mr. Brad Denton, and Dr. Ed Fickley. 

Mr. Brad Denton, instructor in music; 
and Dr. Ed Fickley, a 1989 Bryan 
graduate, instructor in education. 

Gerson to speak at WJB 
Opportunity Program 


"ichael Gerson, former speechwriter and | 
assistant to President George W. Bush, 

-will be the featured speaker for Bryan's second William Jennings 
Bryan Opportunity Program dinner April 16, 2009. 

Proceeds from the dinner support the William Jennings Bryan Opportu- 
nity Program, which provides financial aid to help deserving students from 
low-income families attend Bryan College. Steve Keck, director of advance- 
ment, said details about the dinner are being finalized and will be announced 

Mr. Gerson, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, worked 
closely with President Bush to prepare speeches following the events of Sept. 
11, 2001, and the unfolding War on Terror. He is recognized as one of the key 
intellectual architects of the Bush presidency, particularly on issues of com- 
passionate conservatism at home and the freedom agenda abroad. 

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Merit Scholars 

Six freshmen have been awarded Presiden- 
tial Merit Scholarships, the highest academic 
award presented by the college. Presidential 
Merit Scholarships are awarded based on high 
school grades, college entrance test scores, an 
essay, and an interview with faculty. New Pres- 
idential Merit Scholars include: 

Nick Cahill, 

son of Chris 
and Lisa 
Cahill of 
Dalton, Ga., 
a computer 

Nick, a home school graduate, 
said he learned of Bryan while at- 
tending a college fair and randomly 
picked up a batch of materials. He 
decided to visit the campus, "and 
when I visited here I felt like I had 
come home/' 

He said a number of people in his 
church urged him to apply to an Ivy 
League school. "I was interviewed by 
an alum, and I told him Bryan was 
my first choice. He told me that 
Bryan is a really great school and to 
pray about it." 

The fact that Bryan has a com- 
puter science major, the quality of the 
faculty, and the welcoming atmos- 
phere worked together to confirm the 
Lord's leading. "Then the financial 
aid, including the Presidential Schol- 
arship, came through. It's amazing 
how God works!" 

During high school, Nick played 
football on a Christian school team, 
played basketball, and fenced for a 
year. At Bryan, he is considering be- 
coming involved with the Worldview 

O Christ above all 


After graduation he is considering 
working as a computer network ana- 



of Rick 

and Tracy 

Ferrante of 


Va., an English secondary education 


Sarah, a home school graduate, is 
one of 11 children in her family and 
has an older brother and sister at 

"I put Bryan off the list of colleges 
I was considering because I didn't 
want to follow my brother and sister. 
I had a list of small private Christian 
colleges in the South, but one by one 
they fell out of the running. The Pres- 
idential Merit Scholarship cinched 
my decision to come." 

She said the quality of the faculty 
and the college's Christian commit- 
ment were two important factors that 
helped her decide to enroll. "Because 

I want to go into English I wanted 
my discipline taught from a Christian 
perspective," she said. The size of the 
college and the welcoming atmos- 
phere helped, as well. 

At Bryan she hopes to be involved 
with Hilltop Players and dramatic 

She is uncertain about plans after 
graduation, but may become a 


daughter of 

Chris and 

Julie Chris 

Jernigan of 

Canton, Ga., 

a liberal arts-nursing major. 

Hannah is a home school graduate 
who learned of Bryan because of her 
family's familiarity with Jeff Myers 
and because several family friends 
are Bryan alumni. 

"When I was looking at colleges, 
we visited here in the spring of 
2007," she said. "It was neat, but I 
wasn't sure it was where I wanted to 
go. My parents loved it," and encour- 

Presidential Merit Scholars, Academic Vice President Dr. Cal White, left of center, 

and Trustee John Haynes, right of center, are pictured with President Livesay and Dr. 

Michael Lindsay, center, before Convocation. 

aged her to come back for an over- 
night visit. She did, and said that 
made a difference in her feelings 
toward the college. She also was 
impressed that the science professors 
knew her name after a short time. 

She wants to pursue a career in 
nursing, so she is planning to trans- 
fer to Vanderbilt University after her 
junior year at Bryan to take advan- 
tage of the cooperative program 
between the two schools that can let 
her earn a Master's degree in nursing 
in five years. 

In high school, Hannah was a 
leader in her church youth group, 
participated in services projects at a 
women's shelter in Atlanta, and pur- 
sued a life-long love of showing and 
jumping horses. 

At Bryan, she is interested in 
working with RIDE (Reaching Indi- 
viduals with Disabilities Effectively), 
a Practical Christian Involvement 
ministry that uses equestrian activi- 
ties as therapy. 



of Mike 


Mary Ann 

Miller of 

Barrington, 111., a music ministry 


Kelly learned about Bryan from a 
friend who attends Covenant Col- 
lege. During a visit to campus "I saw 
that Bryan is one of the few colleges 
that prepares students not just aca- 
demically but also spiritually, and 
that was very important to me. I also 
wanted a school in the South because 



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I love the culture down here." 

The Barrington High School grad- 
uate played soccer her freshman 
year, then decided to become more 
involved in her church's student 
ministry. She sang in the high school 
and church choir and participated in 
a number of musical competitions as 
a soloist and as a member of the 
school choir. 

At Bryan, Kelly is a member of the 
Bryan Chorale and Chamber Singers. 
After she graduates, she is consider- 
ing working in a church music min- 


son of 
and Bob- 
bie Smith 

Greensboro, N.C., a politics and gov- 
ernment major. 

Vincent learned about Bryan from 
a friend in Greensboro. He did some 
research about the college "and it ap- 
pealed to me." 

He decided to attend because "it 
felt right. I had a peace about coming 
here that I didn't any place else. The 
people cared about me for me. At 
other colleges they cared about my 
academics, what I could do when I 
got there. At the Presidential Scholars 
weekend the people wanted me for 
me. I didn't have to prove myself to 

The home school graduate played 
soccer and basketball, refereed 
soccer, and taught debate while in 
high school. At Bryan, he is inter- 
ested in running for a student gov- 


ernment office and perhaps partici- 
pating on the mock trial or debate 
team and working for the admissions 
office as an Ambassador. 

Vincent is considering attending 
law school after graduation. 



of Steve 

and Sallie 

Stroud of 


City, Tenn., a business administration 


Savannah, a graduate of Berean 
Christian High School in Knoxville, 
Tenn., said she learned about Bryan 
as a 12-year-old who heard a radio 
ad for the Summit at Bryan. "I liked 
what I heard and I said, 'That's 
where I want to go.'" 

Several years later she visited the 
college and enjoyed her time here, 
but said, "It didn't quite match what 
I had imagined." Still, she continued 
getting to know the real Bryan Col- 
lege, attended the Presidential Schol- 
arship weekend and became 
convinced that this is where the Lord 
wants her to attend. "I like the bibli- 
cal worldview emphasis," she said. 
"That permeates through the differ- 
ent subjects. Christianity lived out is 
the biggest asset we have." 

In high school, she played indoor 
soccer, participated in speech and de- 
bate club, and lived with her family 
in Peru during her junior year. At 
Bryan, she wants to play intramural 
soccer and participate in Hilltop 
Players productions and the PCI 
ministry LIFE. 

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Todd Charles Wood 

Published 149 years ago, Charles Darwin's Origin of 
Species is often considered a revolutionary work 
that transformed the way we think about God and 
design and the origin of all living things. It certainly did 
that, but what many people do not realize is that 
Darwin's argument in Origin is actually the culmination 
of 250 years of intellectual change in Europe. It was not as 
if everyone was a strict biblical creationist one day and a 
thorough-going, godless 
evolutionist the next. That kind 
of transformation is only the 
stuff of myth. 

The new philosophy 
permeated scholarly thinking in 
the seventeenth century, but its 
most lasting impact on faith and 
learning came through the 
Galileo controversy. Galileo 
favored the Copernican view of the universe, in which 
the earth is considered a planet orbiting the sun, and he 
used his telescope to muster arguments in favor of 
Copernicanism. His enthusiasm rubbed certain church 
officials the wrong way, and he found himself on the 
losing end of a vigorous debate that was perceived as the 
authority of the church vs. presumptuous science. 

Not content to merely defend his own work and show 
that the Bible does not teach anything about the motion 
or centrality of the earth, Galileo instead argued that the 
Bible should never be used as a source of information 

O Christ above all 



about the natural world. Galileo claimed that the Bible 
was a moral guide, a story of salvation that sometimes 
had to oversimplify to get the message across. Though 
these early scientists retained a respect for Scripture, their 
relegating the Bible to a book of morals only was the first 
step in the eventual rejection of the Bible itself. 

It took centuries for the implications to work their way 
through the culture, but after Darwin, confidence in the 
Bible as the true Word of God was 
^ all but abandoned. Darwin's 

Origin was just the final nail in a 
coffin that had been constructed 
over the course of two centuries. 

Despite this gloomy picture, 
many Protestant Christians 
refused to concede to Darwin's 
ideas. There was a sudden 
resurgence of faith in the plain 
meaning of the Bible, especially in the United States. 
From this resurgence, a renewed confidence in creationist 
ideas emerged. Legal struggles like the Scopes trial 
brought the controversy to the attention of the public, 
and creationism began to spread. 

In 1989, in the wake of two significant legal defeats 
(including a Supreme Court decision barring creationism 
from being taught as science in public schools), Bryan 
College began a bold new experiment. Then-President Dr. 
Kenneth G. Hanna believed that Bryan was the perfect 
place for an academic resource center for creationism, 

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and he recruited Dr. Kurt Wise to make his vision a reality. 

"Bryan was born out of the evolution conflict or the debate about the 
relation between science and the Bible. Bryan had (and has) an outstanding 
natural sciences faculty and program, " Dr. Hanna explained. "It seemed 
logical for us to capitalize on that heritage and strength. The idea was not 
to debate or bash evolution but to firmly establish Bryan as a defender of 
both the Bible and true science and a resource center for the study of 
science and creation. The goal was 
two-fold, to engage in research of the 
origins of life that would provide a 
credible case for creation and then to 
disseminate information and educate 
both Bryan's students and the larger 

Fresh from his graduate studies at 
Harvard, Dr. Wise went to work 
developing a new curriculum for 
Bryan students while pursuing 
creationist research. The theme of all 
his work was the same: God and 
God's Word deserves first place in all 
Christian activity, including science. 
He was trying to undo the erosion of 
Biblical authority brought about by 
long-standing scientific skepticism of 
the Bible. 

In 2000, the CORE faculty doubled 
- to two people! I joined CORE as a 
new professor that summer, and Dr. 


Director of the Center for Origins Research 

B. S. Biology, Liberty University 

Ph.D. Biochemistry University of Virginia 

Biology editor for the Fifth International Con- 
ference on Creationism 

National Science Foundation advisory commit- 
tee for research project "Genomics of Polyploids, " I 

Webmaster of the Baraminology Study Group 

Henning Museum 

Instructional Asset 

More than a tribute to its namesake, the 
Willard Henning Natural History Museum is 
both an exhibition of the Creator's handiwork 
and a support for scientific pursuits. 

Dr. Todd Wood, director of the Center for 
Origins Research, said the museum 
developed from the late Dr. Willard Henning's 
drive to collect and preserve natural history 
specimens, aided by friends and alumni who 
contributed items they had secured. 

Displays in the museum — shells, snakes, 
lions and "curiosities" - represent only a 
small fraction of the collection, which Dr. 
Wood believes will be increasingly valuable 
as research tools for faculty and students. 
"Dr. (Roger) Sanders is working to develop 
the herbarium, and Dr. (Brian) Eisenback is 
working on the insect collection," he said. Dr. 
Sanders is the assistant director of CORE 
id Dr. Eisenback is a new biology faculty 


The idea of a museum is to support the 

k of the institution," he said. "Originally, 

seums were teaching collections. We're 
waking on research projects now, and just 
finished one this summer." 

From its beginning as a series of displays 
in the Mercer Hall third-floor hallway 51 years 
ago to its move to a specifically designed 
area on the first floor after the 2000 fire, "it is 
beginning to mature as a museum, not just a 
collection of specimens," he said. 

Dr. Wood said he is working with college 
officials to develop plans for a much larger 
museum as part of the college's 20-year 
development plan, Vision 2020. 

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CORE'S 20th 



To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the 
Center for Origins Research has 
planned an exciting schedule of 

November 8, 2008: The all-new 
Origins Conference comes to First 
Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga. 
Hear Drs. Wood and Sanders of 
CORE in addition to other exciting 
speakers presenting the plain truth of 

February 27-28, 2009: "War and 
Peace: 150 Years of Christian En- 
counters with Darwin." This sym- 
posium at Bryan will explore Darwin's 
ideas and their impact on Christian 
thought. It is free to the public. 

July 31, 2009: "Genesis Kinds: 
Creationism and the Origin of 
Species." This conference in 
Louisville, Ky., will present a creation- 
ist perspective on Darwin's central 
idea of the evolution of species. 

For more information on any of these 
conferences, visit our website at 

Wise and I continued CORE'S mission 
of re-establishing the primacy of God's 
Word. Dr. Wise's departure for 
Southern Seminary in 2006 left me 
with the responsibility of building on 
his excellent foundation of teaching 
and research. 

In this twentieth year of CORE 
research and education, it seems 
appropriate to stop and reflect on how 
far we've come and how far we have 
to go. In the past twenty years, CORE 
faculty have been involved in the 
development of a comprehensive 
geological model of earth history - 
catastrophic plate tectonics - that has 
already begun to revolutionize Flood 
geology More recently, CORE faculty 
are leading the way in the 
development of creationist biology 
through the study of created kinds 

"CORE has developed beyond what 
I could have imagined at the time and 
has been part of the resurgence of 
Bryan College and its growth. It has 
established Bryan as a leading force in 
origins research, and in the thoughtful 
defense of biblical creation. CORE has 
facilitated communication and 
cooperation among creation scientists 
around the globe and has been part of 

Dr. Sanders, left, examines artifacts in the 
Henning Museum collection. Above, Dr. 
Wood places an ostrich egg in the curiosities 

a more open and thoughtful 
assessment of origins in the scientific 
community," Dr. Hanna said. 

Still to come? Integration. The 
pieces of the puzzle are becoming 
more and more apparent, but how do 
they fit together? What do created 
kinds have to do with fossils? How do 
fossils fit into Flood geology? What 
does the Flood mean for our 
understanding of past and present 
climate change? Looking beyond our 
own world, what about the sun, the 
planets, and the stars? We've come far 
in twenty years, but we still have far to 

As we continue on this journey to 

understand God's creation, we grow 

closer to God Himself as we study His 

handiwork. The new Origins Studies 

minor at Bryan College now brings 

students along on that journey, and as 

our students graduate and pursue 

their own careers, they will spread that 

love of God and His creation wherever 

they go. 

lO Christ above all 

Use the Bible Correctly in Scientific Discussion 

The Bible is God's Word with Divine 
authority but we understand it through 
the lens of human languages and cul- 
ture contexts. As interpreters we are fal- 
lible but the closer our interpretive 
claims for the Biblical truth are war- 
ranted by specific statements in the 
text, the more likely we have acknowl- 
edged truth God communicates 
through the Biblical text. The likelihood 
that we have understood the Biblical 
truth aright increases as the interpreter 
proposes views: 1) within available 
context of the time, and 2) these views 
are corroborated by exegetical scholars' 
claims about this text from ancient and 
recent times. Part of this interpretive 
task is to understand what the Bible 
claims about reality from the genres it 
communicates. Part of this interpretive 
process is to humbly submit to strongly 
warranted Divine claims for truth. 

Science is a fallible human mapping 
of the natural revelation available 
through observation, repeat testing 
(like in chemistry or experimental 
physics), and in conceptual proposals 
that reflect the data and productively 
enable the scientist to understand the 

future. Sometimes these conceptual 
proposals are empirically evidenced 
like the limits of a "kind" of an animal 
which has similarities within the 
"kind" and significant differences be- 
yond its "kind" (like it can't reproduce 
with others beyond its kind). At other 
times these conceptual proposals are 
transcendental aesthetic proposals (like 
everything is organically related as in 
evolution, or everything reflects cre- 
ation from a designer as in Intelligent 

Such transcendental proposals ride 
above the evidence, often absorbing 
what they wish in a non-falsifiable 
framework. Such an approach while 
utilizing science is actually more de- 
pendent upon the philosophical 
assumptions with which the scientist 
approaches his data. Likewise, scien- 
tists embracing ID or evolution insulate 
themselves from appreciating the data 
from another transcendental approach. 

With the Bible providing exegetically 
testable design claims and some addi- 
tional claims about the real universe, 
there is the possibility of developing an 
integrated strategy for the Bible and 

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testable interpretation framework make 
claims about reality, providing a nest 
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proposals, and test these proposals. 
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observations able to be made are occa- 
sional Biblical claims about the same 
reality that occasionally address the 
same observable issue and bring 
Divinely authoritative direction that 
can additionally inform a scientist's 
claims. Any creation will have the 
appearance of the object being older 
(e.g., wine created appears to have fer- 
mented). Likewise any destruction will 
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Dr. Batson learned life lessons at Bryan 

Lessons learned at Bryan, both as a student and faculty 
member, gave Dr. Beatrice Batson an appreciation for the col- 
lege that remains strong long after the Lord led her to teach 
at another institution. 

She had never heard of Bryan until a teacher at a 
Methodist youth camp gave her a Christian magazine which 
mentioned the college. "I was interested/' she said. "I 
thought, 'That looks like a school that talks about the things I 
am yearning for/" Dr. Batson said in many ways "I didn't 
know what I was getting into; it seemed very different from 
much of my Christian background." 

At Bryan, she found a strong emphasis on the Word of 
God and a strong academic program. "I was satisfied in so 
many ways," she said. But she knew her journey had just 

English was her choice for a major because "I simply 
loved words. I thought there was something very wonderful 
about the way a writer / author could present truth in a cre- 
ative, engaging way. I love the ability of the human mind 
and imagination to work with great thoughts in a way that 
can engage you. And I've loved stories as long as I can re- 

After graduating in 1944, Beatrice taught at Bryan until 
the summer of 1946 when she left for Wheaton College, 
where she earned her first Master's degree before earning a 
Ph.D. in English at Vanderbilt University. "I later went to 
Northwestern and Oxford for post-doctoral work." As she 
was working on her Ph.D., she returned to Bryan to teach 
English and, because of the needs of the college, some his- 
tory courses. 

"One of the things I appreciated about Bryan was the 

evocative nature of the col- 
lege. Teaching made me 
think of large questions that I 
hadn't thought of, like the re- 
lation of English and Chris- 
tian faith. Those had to be 
answered if I were to teach 
English literature in a Chris- 
tian college." 

In 1957, she returned to 
Wheaton as a faculty mem- 
ber, where she taught for 33 
years before retiring in 1991. 

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Beatrice Batson 

Retirement, however, didn't mean stopping work. She has 
kept busy coordinating a collection — the E. Beatrice Batson 
Shakespeare Collection — that has as its goal collecting every 
book and article dealing with the intersection of Scripture 
with the language of Shakespeare. "We have a few thousand 
books and many thousand articles that are resources for non- 
Wheaton scholars and Wheaton' s students and faculty," she 
explained. "We hold institutes on different topics related to 
the subject, with outstanding Christian Shakespearean schol- 
ars giving lectures. Scholars and teachers come from across 
this country and Canada for these institutes." 

Recently, Dr. Batson purchased a charitable gift annuity 
from Bryan College, a move designed to improve her retire- 
ment income, to leave a lasting legacy, and to say "thank 
you" for what she received from Bryan College. 

"Obviously it's an investment that will count long after 
I've left this world," she explained. "I'm very much inter- 
ested in Christian higher education and thought that in some 
small way my annuity would advance the opportunity for 
students to benefit from Christian higher education. That's 
something Bryan is doing well already." 

Jim Barth, one of Dr. Batson' s former students at Bryan, 
said annuities and other estate planning possibilities offer 
friends of Bryan College a way to increase their income, 
reduce tax liability, and support the college. "I'm happy to 
explain these options because they offer benefits to both the 
individual who invests and to our students." 

For information about Bryan's estate planning opportuni- 
ties, contact Mr. Barth at 1-800-552-7926 or email him at Additional information is available on 
the Internet at 

Bryan Life 13 

Has Anyone LegaCV 



n July, my 97-year- 
old grandmother 
passed away We had 
the pleasure of seeing her 
the month before, and it was an amazing visit. She had 14 
children, 37 grandchildren, and 78 great-grandchildren. She 
knew all our birthdays. She was telling my 16-year-old son 
jokes that had him falling off the couch. 

On Aug. 29, my wife Anna's 99-year-old grandmother 
passed away. We saw videos of her playing Chopin preludes 
on the piano at 90 from memory. Her love for music was re- 
markable. Her compassion and sweet spirit were extolled by 
all who knew her. 

Both women loved the Lord with all their heart. They 
served Him faithfully and provided a tremendous example 
of His love. They left behind a legacy of faith and love. It 
made me ponder the question, what will be MY legacy? 

Former presidents, athletes, actors, musicians, all search 
for a legacy. So what IS a legacy? According to Webster's, a 
legacy is " something transmitted by or received from an an- 
cestor or predecessor or from the past." Again, what am I 
transmitting to future generations? 

At Bryan College, what is our legacy? What are we pass- 
ing on to future students? I spoke to the incoming freshmen 
and told them of a rich history, a legacy of excellence. Alums 

around the world are serving Christ in every walk of life, 
and are doing so with excellence. I told them we are expect- 
ing them to maintain that high standard! 

We invest in what we deem has value. If we truly value 
our education, it would make sense to ensure our institution 
thrives and prospers. Bryan College needs the support of its 

I would ask you to show your support by helping build 
the new entrance. It is needed on many levels. The lions 
project offers the strongest and most effective way to raise 
the needed funds. Already, several classes, including the 
Class of 2008, have committed to buying a lion. 

Over the years, classes have donated various things to 
the college. The Class of 1980 donated the lions that sit on 
the front steps of Mercer Hall. The entrance is the first step 
to expanding the facilities necessary to make Bryan College 
even stronger. " Alumni Lane" would be an enduring legacy, 
one of safety, strength, and excellence. Jon Tubbs, '81, said 
that it was the lifelong friendships and relationships that 
make Bryan unique, different, and special. I would call on 
you to remember and honor those friendships, to invest in 
your legacy, and then join with me Homecoming 2009, as 
we all walk up that new road for the first time, praising God 
for His provision and admiring a lasting legacy. 

In His Grace, 

David Tromanhauser 
Alumni Director 

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Rhea Medical Center 
Mike Smith, '82 
Holiday Inn Express 
Carolina Hardwood 
Southeast Bank 
Coldwell Banker 
Dennis Tumlin 

14 Christ above all 

Jeremy I Oliver, '97- 
lunch sponsor 

Suburban Mfg. 

Farm Bureau Insurance 

Best Realty 

Billy Ray Patton 

Varner Construction 

E-Con Gas 

Mo-Mo's Barbecue 

Pro Muffler 

Rhea County Chiropractic 

Robinson Mfg. 

Family Church 

Community National Bank 

Regions Bank 

Ag Credit 

Rheaco Service, Inc. 

Liberty Mutual - lunch sponsor 


MEL HOBSON, '55, has started 
a new ministry as chaplain at Crys- 
tal Care Center nursing homes in 
Mansfield and Ashland, Ohio, near 
his home in Mansfield. He is assist- 
ing the chaplain working on 
Wednesdays and Fridays, and is on 
call for emergency needs Thursday, 
Friday, and Saturday nights. He 
said this offers significant opportu- 
nities to minister to the residents, 
their families, and the staff. 


Douglas and Lois White 

DOUGLAS, '59, and LOIS 
(WILLIAMS), '61x, WHITE cele- 
brated their 50th wedding anniver- 
sary in May, with a reception and a 
family dinner. Doug and Lois met 
at Bryan when they were students 
and Lois was serving as college 
nurse. He retired in 1996 as chief 
juvenile probation officer for Cabell 
County, W.Va., after working 37 
years. Lois retired in 1995 from the 
Cabell County Board of Education 
after working as a school nurse for 
26 years. They have held leadership 
positions at their church in Chris- 
tian education and music min- 

U%D y s 

Dr. DAVID GERARD, '69, profes- 
sor and director of research in the 
Department of Oral and Maxillofa- 
cial Surgery at the University of 
Tennessee Graduate School of Med- 
icine in Knoxville, received the Ex- 
cellence and Leadership in Basic 
Science Research Award in June. 
The award was presented "in recog- 
nition of superior innovation and 
achievement in the area of basic sci- 
ence research." Dr. Gerard's re- 
search studies the effectiveness of 
novel bone grafting materials and 
examines genetic "signatures" of 
different types of oral cancers in an 
effort to develop targeted molecular 
treatments of the diseases. 




Marc, Cfake and Juliana Meznar 

MARC, '82, and ANITA 
(BETSCH), 81, MEZNAR visited 
Bryan in June with daughters Claire 
and Juliana. Marc is consul general 
at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, 

Nicaragua. In June he marked 20 
years of service as a diplomat with 
the U.S. State Department. During 
his career, the Meznars have been 
posted in Greece, Brazil, Panama, 
Spain and Belgium, as well as at 
headquarters in Washington, D.C. 
In Managua, Anita and the girls do 
volunteer work at a nearby Chris- 
tian orphanage for aban- 
doned and malnourished children. 



Dayton, Cascade, T.J., and Celena 

TIM, '92, and JODI (ROUSE), '93, 
WEHSE announce the birth of their 
two youngest children, Dayton 
Nathaniel, on July 27, 2005, and 
Cascade Rhea, on July 24, 2008. Tim 
resigned as associate pastor at 
Grace Evangelical Free Church in 
Las Vegas, Nev., in September 2005, 
and the family moved to Dayton, 
Tenn. Tim became administrator 
and teacher at Rhea County Acad- 
emy, a Christian school in Dayton 
in March, 2007. He also was hired 
that same month to teach Bible 
classes for Bryan College's Aspire 

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program. Jodi is enjoying being a 
homemaker and helping Tim any 
way that she can. Dayton and Cas- 
cade join big brother T.J., 5, and big 
sister Celena, 8. 

The Albright Family 

ERIC, '94, and Allison AL- 
BRIGHT announce the birth of their 
second daughter, Jessica Sophia, on 
July 4. Jessica weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz., 
and was 21 inches long. She joins big 
brother Jared, 5, and big sister Gi- 
anna, 2. They plan to take a leave of 
absence from SIL and Eric was to 
take a job with Microsoft in Seattle, 
Wash., late this summer. 

KEN, '94, and SUSAN 
nounce the birth of their seventh 
child, Annelise Danielle, on Oct. 17, 
2007. Annelise joins siblings Ashlyn, 
Scott, Graham, Aleah, Kayleen, and 
Alexianne. The Harrison family lives 
near Charlotte, N.C., where Susan is 
a home school mom and Ken is 
co-owner of a remodeling company. 
Susan said she would love to hear 
from friends at her email address 

SHERRY (HILL), '95, and 
Mike WELLER announce the birth of 
their third daughter, Sara Kate, on 
June 16. Sara weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz., 
and was 19 Vi inches long. She joins 
big sisters Olivia, 5, and Aubre, 3 
The Weller family lives in Wilming- 
ton, Ohio. 

lO Christ above all 

Sherry and Sara Weller 

TODD, '95, and JULIE (GAY- 
LOR), '92, JACKSON announce the 
birth of their second daughter, Lau- 
ren Elizabeth, on Feb. 9, 2007. Lau- 
ren weighed 9 lbs. and was 22 Vi 
inches long. She joins big sister 
Allie, 6. The Jackson family lives in 
Cumming, Ga. 

Allie and Lauren Jackson 


received the Bronze Star medal 
March 6, for "exceptionally merito- 
rious service during Operation Iraqi 
Freedom" while stationed in Iraq 
with the 2-7 Infantry, 1st Brigade, 
3rd Infantry Division. Tim, a 
chaplain, ministered to the 1,000 sol- 
diers in his unit during his 15-month 
tour. He and his wife, SARAH 
(KINEY), '93, and their children, 
Malcolm, 8, Madeline, 6, and Patrick, 
4, moved this summer to Columbia, 
S.C., where Tim is stationed as a 
chaplain at Fort Jackson. 

DIANA (WHORLEY), '98, and 
Bob NAYLOR announce the 
adoption of their son, Jayden 
Michael Abraham, in 2007. 
"J-Man" recently celebrated his sec- 
ond birthday and his first year in the 
United States. 
The Naylor 

family lives in 
Ky., where Bob 
teaches eighth 
grade science 
and Diana stays 
home with their 


Michael Naylor 

TOLIVER, '98, and her sons recently 
visited with SONYA (MARTINEZ) 
SCOTT, '98, and her daughters. 
Sonya and her husband, Ron, who 
live in Lawrenceville, Ga., are par- 
ents of Rebekah, 4, Laura, 2, and 
Elena, who was born June 10. Alana 
and her husband, JEREMY, '97, who 
live in Dayton, Tenn., are parents of 
Nathan, 5, Caleb, 3, and Levi, 1. 

Toliver and Scott Families 

and Tony PEGG announce the birth 
of their third son, Matthew James, on 
June 29, 2007. Matthew weighed 10 
lbs., 12 oz. He joins big brothers 
Phillip, 5, and Andrew, 3. The Pegg 
family lives in Clermont, Fla., where 
Tony owns and operates an irriga- 
tion and landscaping business and 

The Pegg Family 

Brenda is a stay-at-home mom who 
is planning to begin home school- 
ing this fall. 

Ella, Anna and Chloe Ballard 

Scott and Jessica Rasnic 

and Scott Rasnic were married July 
15, 2007. The Rasnics live in Centre- 
ville, Va., near Fairfax, where Scott is 
finishing a history degree at George 
Mason University and Jessica is a 
teacher /assistant principal at Trinity 
Christian School. 

BRANDON, '99, and TAMMY 
nounce the birth of their third child, 
Chloe Elisabeth, on March 7. Chloe 
weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz., and was 20 Vi 
inches long. She joins big sisters 
Ella, 4, and Anna, 2. The Ballard 
family lives in Trenton, Ga. 

DR. VITALI, '99, and Natasha 
KLIMOVICH announce the birth of 
their second son, Maxim Joseph, on 
May 17. Maxim weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz., 
and was 18 inches long. He joins big 
brother Daniel, 11. The Klimovich 
family lives in Kingston, N.H. 

DAWN (SMITH), '99, and 
Marty TERRELL announce the birth 
of their third child, Josiah Caleb, on 
Jan. 25. Josiah weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. 
He joins big sister Karlee Grace, 6, 
and big brother Isaac Christian, 4. 
The Terrell family lives in Suffolk, 
Va., where Dawn teaches the Summit 
middle school curriculum to 8th 
graders at First Baptist Christian 
School, and Marty is youth pastor at 
First Baptist Church. 


LIN) JOHNSON, both '01, recently 
traveled from their home in Win- 
dom, Minn., to visit friends in the 
Chattanooga, Tenn., area. They got 
together with Aaron and JALENA 
BOEHMER, '01; and TERRY (TK) 
both '00, for lunch. Matt and Karen 
run a family business in Minnesota. 
Jalena and Aaron live in Dayton 

Tenn., where Jalena is assistant head 
teller at First Bank and Aaron is an 
EMT for Meigs and Hamilton coun- 
ties. Lisa lives on Signal Mountain 
near Chattanooga and is a teacher in 
Hamilton County. TK and Carrie live 

Friends meet in Chattanooga 

in Harrison, Tenn., and teach at 
Grace Christian Academy in Chat- 
tanooga. Pictured, from left, are 
Jalena Howard; Karen, Eli, Matt, and 
Megan Johnson; Lisa Boehmer; and 
TK, Cooper, Carrie, and Carson 

Adelyn Jones 

JARED, '02, and KARYN 
(BIEBEL), '04, JONES announce the 
birth of their daughter, Adelyn Eliz- 
abeth, on June 19. Adelyn weighed 6 
lbs., 7 oz., and was 19 inches long. 
The Jones family lives in Shelbyville, 


Joshua Stock were married Aug. 11, 
2007, in Chicago. Bridesmaids in- 
cluded ELAINE DAVIS and JEN 
'03. The Stocks live in Chicago. 

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The Parks Family 

D. ERIK, '04, and CATHERINE 
(STRODE) PARKS, '05, announce 
the birth of their daughter, Sophie 
Caroline, on Oct. 14, 2007. The 
Parks family lives in Nashville, 
Tenn., where Erik works as a 
videographer and Catherine does 
freelance writing and editing from 

LIZ BASS, '05, and BEN 
EDWARDS, '99x, were married 
April 12. Bryan alumni in the 
wedding were TALOR ARM- 
HENKE, '05x; and RYAN THORN- 
TON, '00x. Other alumni attend- 
ing the wedding included MATT 
LEHMAN, '01x; ERIN DAVIS, '02; 
(HUGHES) BOWER, '03x; Dr. 
JACK, '93H, and KARIN TRAY- 
LOR, '64. Liz is a massage thera- 
pist with North Georgia 
Chiropractic, and Ben is a general 
contractor. The Edwardses live in 
Chattanooga, Tenn. 

LEILA (SMITH), '05, and 
Brandon GRANT announce the 
birth of their daughter, Olivia 
Leila, on April 25. Olivia weighed 
6 lbs., 8oz., and was 19 inches 
long. Brandon is a CPA at a firm in 
Atlanta, and Leila is at home with 
Olivia. The Grants live in Suwa- 
nee, Ga. 

lo Christ above all 

MATTHEW MAY, '07, and JEN- 
married March 22, in St. Simons Is- 
land, Ga. The Mays live in Freder- 
icksburg, Va. 

SAM FORRESTER, '07, and 
married Aug. 8, in Nashville, Tenn. 
Sam is pursuing a Master's degree 
in education at Lipscomb Univer- 
sity. The Forresters live in Franklin, 

County and Joshua is employed by 
United Parcel Service and Augusta 
Office Products. 

Sam and Danielle Forrester 

JOSHUA POOL, '08x, and 
HOLLI MANCINI, '08, were mar- 
ried June 27, in Fisherville, Va. 
Members of the wedding party in- 

OLSON, '08; and SAM FOR- 
RESTER, '07. Current students 
Lauren Hostetler and Andra Bran- 
son were guestbook attendants. 
The Pools live in Fisherville, where 
Holli is employed by Augusta 

John and Diana Parker 

DIANA GUTHRIE, '0 8, and 

John Russell Parker III were married 
May 20, in Bozeman, Mont., where 
they are making their home. The 
couple met at Summit. 


were married in Tallahassee, Fla., on 
July 19. Bryan friends and family in 
the wedding party included KEE- 
'06; STEVE ORNER, '06; 


Caleb and Leanne Ragland and Friends 


OLSON, '08; HOLLI POOL, '08; and 

current students Josh Ragland, 
Andra Branson, and Bethel Ragland. 
Caleb's father, DAVID 

RAGLAND, '83, and aunt, DAR- 
LENE LAPLUE, f 81, also attended. 
JEREMY MOORE, '08, sang during 
the ceremony. 

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KORI WRIGHT, '08, and Adam 
Holland were married June 28, in 
Dayton, Tenn. Kori is pursuing Mas- 
ter's degree in school counseling at 
Lee University and teaching pre- 
kindergarten, and Adam is a sales 
representative for Verizon. 


In the Summer edition of Bryan 
Life, we inadvertently omitted the 
picture which accompanied the birth an- 
nouncement for Lucy Herpolsheimer. We 
apologize for the omission. 

MANDY (WILLS), '98, and 
Joel HERPOLSHEIMER announce 
the birth of their second child, 
Lucy Joy, on Oct. 1, 2007. Lucy 
weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz., and was 19 
inches long. She joins big brother 
Tyler, 2. The Herpolsheimer family 
lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., 

where Mandy is a stay-at-home 
mom and Joel is a design manager 
for a tool and die business. 

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Boston, MA 

Officer: David Starbuck, '03 

ROBERT D. ST. JOHN, '44, of 

Word has been received that 

Tarom^ Wa^n dipd lVT^v 19 Hp 


Charlotte, NC 

is survived by four children. 

DON, '64, of Dallas, Texas, has 

Officer: James Arnette, '90 

died. She is survived by her hus- 

Dayton, OH 


band, Dr. JOHN P. HERNDON, 

Officer: Jackie Perseghetti, '82 

WITTER, '54, of Zephyrhills, 

'65x, and two children. 

Kansas City, MO 

Fla., died July 20. She is survived 

Officer: Tabitha Moe, '00 

by her husband, the Rev. ALTON 

BRIAN GEIGER, '85, of 

Knoxville, TN 

M. WITTER, Jr., '54, and four 

Rowlett, Texas, died July 30. He 

Officer: Miguel Ayllon, '04 


is survived by his wife, Frances 

Nashville, TN 

Geiger, his parents, three chil- 

Officers: Mark Robbins, '80 

JOHN P. KRAMER, '56, of 

dren, and his brother, DONALD 

Mary Pierce Ewing, '75 

Cumming, Ga., died July 18. He 

GEIGER, JR., '82. 

Orlando, FL 

is survived by his wife, Pat, and 

Officer: Lewis Alderman, '86 

daughter MELODY WALKER, 


Philadelphia, PA 


died July 29. He served as the 

Officer: Abby Miller, '03 

fifth president of Westmont Col- 

Richmond, VA 

Word has been received of the 

lege from 1972 to 1975. He is 

Officers: John Corcoran, '68 


survived by his wife, Melissa 

Barry Gilman, '69 

'72, of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is 

Hillegas, and two children. 

Washington, DC 

survived by his wife, Cathy, and 

Officer: Lisanne Boling, '03 

three children. 

Word has been received of the 


Theodore, Ala., died June 9. He is 

death of DR. RICHARD P. 
LANGFORD, '43, of Seattle, 
Wash. He is survived by two 

Alumni Council: 

Ginny Schatz, '54 
Bud Schatz, '56 

survived by two children. 


Faith Heitzer, '69 
Joe Runyon, '79 
Tom Branson, '80 
Ed Fickley, '89 


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Barton Stone, '05x. 


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20 Christ above all 


"Bud, ,J p6 f and 
(jinny [Seguim], '$4, 

Our memories of four years at Bryan (for Ginny) cover 
singing in the choir, being part of three Gospel Messenger 
teams, living in the "third-floor dorm" prior to the com- 
pletion of the main building, being "allowed" to take 
Modern European History as a freshman with a room full 
of juniors and seniors taught by Dr. Beatrice Batson-that 
was not a good memory-and living with many great 
roommates, some who are now at Home, others with 
whom I keep in contact. 

College friends, when we now meet, feel like the 54 
years since graduation have flown by and we are back on 
the campus as it was then. Dr. Rader's Bible classes and 
learning "jot & tittle" or "location and gist" will not be 
forgotten (I still have my study Bible from those years). 
To be invited back as the director of the library for 12 
years, director of admissions for four years, and back into 
the library as reference librarian for four years made my 
total Bryan experience a great and special one. 

To top off all the memories of the past, we are now liv- 
ing just beyond the Grassy Bowl in a house built by a for- 
mer professor. 

Bud's years at Bryan range from leaning how to eat 
meals at a table with dressed-up people to earning spend- 

ing money through work experience in the kitchen and 
the print shop. The regulated schedule of daily life cou- 
pled with required hours of sleep and a chapel service 
were designed to create a common campus atmosphere. 
This resulted in a bonding experience with fellow class- 
mates and faculty that remains until this day. Some of the 
disciplines encouraged then are parts of my life today. 
Certainly, memories of certain relationships formed 
are lasting as well. Perhaps the most important memory 
of my college days is that I still remember them! One 
other joyful memory for us is the fact that this college ad- 
ministration moves forward still connected to founda- 
tions of the past. 

AN INVITATION: If you have been graduated 
from Bryan for more than 50 years and would like 
to share memories of your time on the Hill with 
Bryan Life readers, please write between 300 and 
400 words and send them to Bryan Life, Bryan 
College, P.O. Box 7000, Dayton, TN 31321, or 
email to Please include a cur- 
rent picture of yourself. While we can't promise to 
publish every submission, we will consider all for 
publication in future editions of Bryan Life. 

Bryan Life 21 

facultV/ staff 


Dr. Jeff Bruehl participated in 
the Economic Mini-Summit for 
Women in May at Bryan in a ses- 
sion titled "Entrepreneurship 
Do's and Don'ts." 

Mr. Chris Clark completed his 
Master of Fine Arts degree in 
screenwriting and film studies at 
Hollins University, Roanoke, Va., 
on May 18,2008. 

Dr. Jud Davis presented a paper 
and a poster entitled "Where is 
the Garden of Eden?" at the 
Baraminology Study Group con- 
ference in Pittsburgh in August. 
Dr. Doug Kennard also pre- 
sented two papers and posters 
entitled "The Hebraic Concept 
of Life and Death" and "The Or- 
acle of the Curse at the Fall of 
Creation." He also attended the 
editors meeting. Dr. Davis' arti- 
cles "The Creator Clearly Seen" 
and "Wonder of God," were pub- 
lished in Answers in Genesis vol. 
3 no. 3 (2008). He also preached 
at Westminster Presbyterian 
Church in Dayton in June, as 
well as at Northshore Fellowship. 

Mr. Tom Davis participated in a 

panel discussion about William 
Jennings Bryan and the Scopes 
Trial at the Rhea County Court- 
house in July. The presentation 
was for new honors students at 
the University of Texas-Dallas as 
part of their orientation program. 

Mr. Taylor Hasty has been 
named head baseball coach, suc- 
ceeding Mr. Joel Johnson, who 
resigned at the end of the year. 

Dr. Doug Kennard published 
an article in the Perspective sec- 
tion of Chattanooga Times Free 
Press in June defending the con- 
cept that "Evangelicalism is 
Healthy but Diverse." He pre- 
sented two papers at the 2008 In- 
ternational Conference on 
Creationism in Pittsburgh in Au- 
gust. The papers, published in the 
peer reviewed book produced by 
the conference, are "A Nuanced 
Lakatos' Philosophy of Theology 
and Science" and "Bio-Ethics 
from Image of God and Soul." 

Dr. Ray Legg delivered the 
commencement address at Faith 
Christian Academy in Athens, 
Ala., in May. In June he published 

a web article about his trip to 
Rwanda for the Moody Bible In- 
stitute Alumni Association. In 
June, he also reprised his role as 
William Jennings Bryan for a 
production about the Scopes 
Trial by British film makers Pio- 
neer Productions. 

Mr. Bruce Morgan attended the 
Leading the Way Forward confer- 
ence at Bryan in June. This was a 
leadership development confer- 
ence for urban America, pre- 
sented by V-TEAM Leadership 
Network of America and the In- 
ternational Leadership Institute. 
Dr. David Banks, '90, was one of 
the featured speakers. 

Dr. Jeff Myers presented Passing 
the Baton workshops for Chris- 
tian school teachers in South 
Africa in July. He preached at 
Westminster Presbyterian Church 
in Dayton in July, spoke at Sum- 
mit Ministries in Colorado, and 
presented a faculty workshop on 
Passing the Baton at Cedarville 
University in Ohio in August. He 
also gave Passing the Baton 
workshops in California and 
Texas in August. 

22 Christ above all 

Dr. Ron Petitte presented a 
paper on human trafficking at 
the 20th anniversary colloquium 
of the Oxford Round Table in 
March at Oxford University in 
England. He also served as a dis- 
cussion leader for a presentation 
on "Interrogations during 
Armed Conflict: The Need for 
an Objective Standard." Round 
Table facilitator Dr. Samuel 
Alexander explained that speak- 
ers are chosen to bring together 
a diverse group of scholars with 
outstanding professional qualifi- 
cations to determine if the pro- 
posal offers promise for a strong 
contribution to the work of the 
round table. This summer, Dr. 
Petitte also attended the annual 

conference of the International 
Institute for Christian Studies 
with Bryan President Dr. 
Stephen D. Livesay. He also 
attended the American Political 
Science Association's annual in- 
ternational conference in 
Boston, Mass., in August. He 
was presented an award from the 
presidents of the America Politi- 
cal Science Association and the 
National Political Science 
Honor Society "for outstanding 
teaching in political science." 

Dr. Ken Turner presented ses- 
sions at Summit at Bryan Col- 
lege and Liberty University on 
genre hermeneutics and the re- 
liability of the Bible. 

Dr. Mel Wilhoit performed 
trumpet solos at the Gallery 
Hop in Danville, Ky., in June 
during the 19th International 
Brass Band Festival. He per- 
formed a trumpet solo and sang 
with the UTC Master Chorale 
in its summer concert in Chat- 
tanooga. He also attended the 
annual meeting of the Tennessee 
Association of Music Executives 
in Colleges and Universities in 
Murfreesboro,Tenn, in June. 

Gifts from the Community 

Dayton Wal-Mart Assistant Manager Angela 
Moffitt recently presented a check for $1,000 
to Bryan College President Dr. Livesay to 
help build the college's new entrance from 
U.S. 27. The gift from the Wal-Mart Founda- 
tion is one of a series the local store has made 
this year to support community agencies and 
activities. "We deeply appreciate Wal-Mart's 
gift, as it takes us one step closer to starting the new entrance project. Wal-Mart 
certainly is a popular shopping destination for Bryan students, and we thank 
Angela for thinking of Bryan and this project which will benefit the college and 
the community," Dr. Livesay said. 

Rheaco Service of Dayton, Tenn., has un- 
derwritten the expenses of Bryan's 
Speech and Debate Team for the 2008-09 
academic year, to encourage students to 
develop skill in persuasive speech and to 
recognize the early success of the club in 
the past school year. Rheaco also provides 
technical support for the college's heating 
and air conditioning needs. Company officials pictured with Bryan President Dr. 
Livesay, center, include, from left, President Phil Carter, a 1975 Bryan graduate; 
President emeritus R. Carlos Carter; Vice President Joe Runyon, a 1979 graduate 
of the college; and Vice President Tim Gentry, parent of a Bryan graduate and of 
a current student. 

The Bryan College Chorale 
and Chamber Singers 

The newest CD release by the Bryan Chorale and 
Chamber Singers spotlights 2 1 numbers from re- 
cent performances and studio recordings under 
the direction of Dr. David Luther. This would be a 
great Christmas present or addition to your sacred 
music collection. Priced at $ 1 5 'The Wondrous 
Cross" is available at the Bryan College 
Bookstore, phone 

423-775-727 1 , or order on line at 

Proceeds from the sale of Chorale CDs help fund 
their concert tours. 

Bryan Life 23 

second generation 


Fourteen children of alumni 
are among the 252 new 
students who enrolled at 
Bryan College this fall. Gathering 
the students and their parents cre- 
ated a mini-Homecoming at orien- 
tation, with parents representing 
classes from 1974 to 1990. Students 
and their parents are pictured in 
front of Rudd Auditorium, with a 
key to identities at the bottom right 
of the page. 


22 -Judy Welch 

Magnussen, '79 
Not pictured - Andrew 


28 - Kim Crowe Tuttle, '84 

29 - Nick Tuttle 

15 - Wendy Greve 
11 - Paul Greve 
10 - Cathie Starce 

Greve, '87 

7- Roria Hicks 
21 - Desirae Hicks 
6 - Steve Hicks, '84 

16 - Dustin Puckett 

1 - Paula Chappell 

Puckett, '83 

2 - Terry Puckett, '82 

14 - Lee Smith, '82 
31 - Justine Smith 

17 - Hartley Kinsey, '81 

18 - Karen Morton 

Kinsey, '81 
19 - Amanda Kinsey 

8 - David Ragland, '83 

9 - Debbie Ragland 
35 - Josh Ragland 

13 -Jim Steele, '74 

12 - Peggy Wentworth 

Steele, '74 
30 - Lydia Steele 

23 - Lynn Lewis 

Bailey, '79 
24 -Lee Bailey, '78 
25 - Maggie Bailey 

32 - Walter Thomas, '83 
34 - Nicole Thomas 

33 - Dottie Frensley 

Thomas, '83 

39 - Chris Leary 

40 -Sandra (Mrs. Tim, 

'90), Leary 

5 - Ted Meberg, '71 

26 - Sonja Meberg 

27 - Beverly Meberg 

4 - Becky Naff Roes, '88 
3 - Brett Roes, '88 
20 - Mary Roes 

24 Christ above all 


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and glorify your Father in heaven. " Matthew 5: 1 6 

received from 

in memory of 

in honor of 

Winnie Davey 

Roger and Marge Butler 

Thomas Allen Luptonjr. 

Erwin Latimer 

Samuel and Nancy Anderson 

Harriett Anderson 

Dr. John C.Anderson 

James Anderson 

Harriet Anderson 

Dr. John C.Anderson 

Kenneth and Alice Hurley 

Dr.Judson Rudd 

Rick and Kathy Farney 

Robert L. Farney 

L.Jake and Sandy Matthes 

Frank and Virginia Schmickl 

Mike Wood 

Tracey Bridwell 

Rev. Robert O. Sypolt 

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Livesay 

Jack and Karin Traylor 

Joanna White 

Charles and Theda Thomas 

Woodrow Roberts 

Vern and Helen Archer 

John Kramer 

Vern and Helen Archer 

Donna Vanderwall 

Scott and Janice Pendergrass 

Nannie M. Reece 

Tony and Valerie Castlen 

Nannie M. Reece 

Dayton Chamber of Commerce 

Nannie M. Reece 

Jack and Jeannie Roddy 

Buddy and Alberta Roddy 

Jack and Jeannie Roddy 

John and Lillian Warren 

Ray and Margie Legg 

Rachel Morgan 

Kenneth and Alice Hurley 

Lucile Rudd 

Ed Fickley 

Joyce Argo 

Celia Dixon 

Joyce Argo 

Ralph and Ruth Green 

Lyle Hillegas 

Ralph and Ruth Green 

John Kramer 

Warren and Ruth Johnson 

Charlotte Jensen 

Wanda (Winnie) Davey 

Charlotte Jensen 

Jack and Karin Traylor 

Charlotte Jensen 

Celia Dixon 

Charlotte Jensen 

Celia Dixon 

Eloise P. Reed 

Celia Dixon 

Ann Morgan 

Celia Dixon 

Virginia Sells 

Celia Dixon 

Ethel Goatley 



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